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EDITORIAL: Why Selma still matters

(Toledo News Now) - The 1960s in America were a time of unprecedented racial unrest.

Selma, AL in early 1965 was clearly a turning point for achieving voting rights for black Americans. The turbulence that tore Selma apart culminated on Sunday, March 7.

“Bloody Sunday” was televised around the world. The horror of tear gas, beatings and incomprehensible racial hatred shocked America.

Martin Luther King, Jr. responded to the violence with yet further calls for restraint. His courageous leadership resisted calls for violent opposition and ratcheted the pressure on America's leaders to support change. In August 1965, the Federal Voting Rights Act was passed.

All of this is historically correct. It is also, after 50 years, easy to forget.

Raycom Media, headquartered in Montgomery, AL and the parent company of WTOL 11, is committed to making certain that the message of Selma is remembered. Racism is ugly and inappropriate in any form, in any era.

Fifty years ago America began to turn away from racism. Perhaps one day we can build on the courage and strength of the people of that pivotal period. In the meantime, if we remember how it happened, we may better understand why it still matters.

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